Andreescu! Nadal! Legendre!

Well folks, the 2019 US Open and Summer Challenge Ladder have officially come to a close.

Congrats to Bianca, to Rafa and…perched still at the top of the ladder… is newcomer Jeff Legendre. Well done,  Jeff. You could not be shook. While it will most likely not be 3.8 million dollars, we hope you enjoy your well deserved gift.

On the ‘Points Ladder’, First and Second gift prizes will also be award to Scott Enos with 57 points and to newcomer Meng Kang with 49 points for. Way to challenge and be challenged out there, guys!

A prize for the biggest ascension of the summer will be given to Roman Krasikov. Fine work out there, Roman. I’m only sorry we never got to battle this year.

Thanks for the great participation this summer everyone. Certainly our biggest cohort in many years. Let’s keep it going and grow even higher next summer.

this is your Rung Master, signing out…

Doug

 

Movement near the Top!

We are almost midway thru August and things are heating up on the Challenge Ladder.

It is almost too hot to hold on! But don’t let go. There is more summer and more matches to be played !

In the wacky world of the ladder, Cliff C. actually defeated Meng K. but due to the timing of that win and subsequent wins by Meng, he is still ahead of Cliff C. Wacky I tell ya!

Speaking of Cliff C….the fans had to get out their Cliffs Notes and a couple of Clif Bars to boot the other day to watch the battle of the Cliffs! Gibbons took down Chuang in a true Cliff-hanger (stolen from Steve Menechetti, I’ll admit) I smell another match in the near future.

Mr Enos sits high at the top of the points ladder. Mr Pollock or Mr Kang are both in position to catch up with a few more challenges and wins! But no doubt Mr Enos will continue to take to the court as well. Could be a real nail biter! #manisandpedis

The weather is pretty gorge. Get out there and drink it up people! The ladder can handle it!

Also, I beat my brother once. He beat me again so we are at 2-1 him with one more Slam to go. If I can take it, we will have to play a 5th match for the Trophy.

-Doug of the Long Legs

Warming Up for the Open!

Hello Out There!

We have had some brutally hot days.

But now the weather is beautiful, as we all begin our preparation for the US Open Series.

There is movement on the ladder:

Sam, Roman and Meng have all moved up several rungs on the Challenge Ladder. Congrats to you guys.

How far can they go? And can anyone stop Novak? These are the question the world is asking.

Some of you may recall that my big brother David and I have a summer ‘Slam’ rivalry of our own. I must report that he took the first Slam, 6-3, 7-5….so it was close, and I think I know what I need to do to reclaim the trophy. Slam 2 will be tomorrow out on Block Island.

Its good to see so many active players on the ladder. Lets keep it going.

August awaits. On the way to Flushing Meadows

Peace

Doug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strawberries and Cream

Its all heating up at the All-England Club…Serena and Halep…could be a classic…will Rafa take Fed down tomorrow or will the mighty Roger reassert himself? Can anyone stop the Djoker? Could that person be Bautista-Agut? he has beaten Novak before. But on this kind of stage?

Here on the Summer Challenge Ladder, Mr Wood is making his way up the rungs…can he take it all the way to the top where the mighty Legendre remains top dog?

A fascinating score from the Chuang-Surla-Vargas match: two lopsided sets for each player and then a tight tie-breaker. Tennis can be wacky.

And the 3 point-makers at the top continue to battle it out, with Jeremy and Scott continuing to just constantly play tennis. I am in awe.

On a slightly more serious note, I am including here a link to the code of conduct for Tennis 4all which the Challenge Ladder abides by. Please review and please always let me know if you feel like the principles stated within this link are not being upheld by an opponent. I will always keep your communications anonymous but I do want to hear from you.

A healthy sense of competition should always be present out there on the court sure, but this league is all about providing fun, safe, collegial spaces where friendships might emerge and mutual respect is the way.

Here it is:

http://tennis4all.org/code-of-conduct/

Have fun out there.

and for me personally I gotta say…VAMOS RAFA!

Doug

TIGHT POINTS

Hello Summer Challenge Ladder Warriors!

The battle for Points is getting very interesting with Mr Pollock rising high on the ladder to challenge Mr Surla-Vargas there, and some other folks are directly under him as well.

Mr Legendre continues to lead gracefully at the top of the Standings ladder. Can anyone take him down? What will it take? Mr Menechetti came close but alas…the ladder leader remains the same.

A reminder: when you challenge someone, make sure you are looking at the Standings and NOT the Points ladder to see who is 6 above or 4 below you. We had a little confusion about that. Sometimes of course you challenge someone, make a date to play etc and in the meantime they might move up or down on the ladder and be out of your official range: that is not a big deal and you should just proceed with the match.

Weekend weather looking pretty good! see you out there, on the courts of honor.

Also, (shameless self-promotion section of this announcement) we have only a week and a half left of “Pride and Prejudice” over at the Balch Auditorium on the Tufts Campus. Do come support your Rung Master here, playing Mr Wickham, Mr Collins and yes, Miss Bingley, in a new funkified adaptation of the great Jane Austen story. Here is the link with all the stink! https://www.actorsshakespeareproject.org/plays-events/pride-and-prejudice/

 

Doug

Vamos Enos!

This past week saw Rafa claim his 12th French Open, Ashleigh Barty receiving her first… and more importantly, the arrival of Scott Enos on the Summer Challenge Ladder, instantly ascending to the 2 spot on the Points ladder and jumping up several rungs on the positions ladder. Well done Scott!

 

The weather is gorgeous.

See you out there.

It is time to prepare… for Wimbledon.

Wiggle Waggle

Hello out there! The Summer Challenge ladder is off to a blistering start. As you will note in the score report, there was a Fierce battle between the #1 and #2 players…seems they both left it all out there.

Yours truly was heard wheezing on the court against an old foe…#cardio #bewarethelobsofcliff!

Jeremy continues to amass huge points. Will anyone catch him? The summer is long.

The ladder is also long.

Climb it.

Vamos Rafa

Pride and Prejudice

Hey there. Come see your Summer Challenge Rung-Master, Doug Lockwood, in Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ over at Tufts near Davis Square. And support local theatre while you’re at it. Plays for most of the month of June. Here is the link. https://www.actorsshakespeareproject.org/plays-events/pride-and-prejudice/

I am playing Collins, Wickham and (of course) Miss Bingley.

ASCEND! The 2019 Tennis4All Summer Challenge Ladder Awaits YOU!

Bonjourno!
I know most of you are in Rome, playing on the dirt but…when you return, please consider joining the prestigious Tennis4All Summer Challenge Ladder 2019!
Here is the link:
I am Doug Lockwood, your Rung-Master
Its 10 bucks thru paypal, and you organize the matches yourselves. All the rules can be found on the link but the gist of it is, you can challenge anyone up to 6 places higher or 4 places lower than you on the ladder.
We go thru Labor Day. You can join literally any time and get your friends to join too! 

Be the ladder.
Be well.
It is on.
Doug